Stranded Polar Bear Floats Down London's Thames
A very large polar bear was spotted traveling down the River Thames, under the Tower Bridge and past Parliament in London today.
Lifelike as it seemed, the 1.5-ton structure -- built by 15 artists in 18 days -- floated down the river to raise awareness of the melting ice caps and the larger picture… climate change (see video below).
The melting of the ice caps threatens polar bear’s lives because their habitat is literally disappearing. The 2 billion people depending on glacial meltwater for irrigation and drinking are also faced with serious consequences.
This 16-foot-high sculpture of a mother and cub holding on to life was commissioned by Eden, a new digital television channel featuring natural history programs. Wildlife broadcaster Sir David Attenborough, narrator of series including Life on Earth and Fragile Earth, said the display spreads the message that our environment is currently unbalanced and events like the polar bears extinction will have extreme repercussions.
Watch a video of the polar bear sculpture on the Thames below: